Friday, May 15, 2009

Celebrating Youth, Multicultural, and Multi-Generational Sunday



Youth and Children's Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

(More information and a list of honorees can be found below.)




 Youth – Multicultural – Multi-Generational Sunday:


Guest preacher Dr. Aris Peguero will preach a sermon, "Speaking in Tongues." Aris has been attending First Church for approximately 13 years, after being introduced to the community by elder Lee Arnott.  A school psychologist, Aris has a master's degree in education from CCNY and a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University, with a concentration in family systems. He also has studied neuropsychology and has a strong interest in understanding the connection between spirituality and emotional well being.


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The 10 o' Clock Hour will continue with a discussion of "First Corinthians" with David Mull√©, leader.


Other news:


Ask the Session:

Do you have concerns for the church you'd like to have addressed?  The Session wants to hear your concerns in this time of transition.  Please send written feedback to Session, which will be addressed on Monday, May 18 at its monthly meeting. Send email to co-clerks, Marcia Smith, at; or Edna Asknes,


Also, there will be a box labeled "Congregational Questions to the Session," in the Narthex on May 17, where you can leave questions and comments.


In addition, be looking the launch of a monthly Clerks' Report, where Marcia and Edna will update you as we move through the phases of this interim and new search.  As Elders elected to serve our church, we want to be in touch with you and your concerns to help us lead this church to the great calling God has for us. 



Congregational Meeting: There will be a called Congregational Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn on Sunday May 31, immediately following Worship Service at Noon for the sole purpose of electing a member to the Church-Wide Nominating Committee.  Fred Davie is moderating.


If you are interested in serving, please contact any current committee member:  Jon Abernathy, Bernice Adorno, Nate Dudley, or Marta Nelson.


Children and Youth Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: On Saturday May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Children's Ministry Program and the Parents' Committee will host a luncheon in appreciation for all who have volunteered their time, treasures, and talents in support of the youth of First Church. For information, contact: Reeves Carter at or (212) 371-8008. 

Honorees include:  

Youth Leaders:Mark Elsenheimer, Breisen Miller, Jill Huguet, David Mulle, Paul Mowry,  Stephanie Murphy, Lisa Graff, Katy Sandiford, Salisha Miller;

Sunday School Teachers: Maria Cutrona, Emily Phillips, Melissa James, Jon Abernethy, Lisa Mensah, Denise Alexander, Diana Kim, Samuel Murumba Marta Nelson,

Lisa Meyer, Vanessa Guiterrez, Karen Calvarino,  David Jones, Barbara & Jim Cummings, Sarah Wiles,  Carolyn Schioppa, Patty Watwood, Jane Woland, Mario Adorno, Terra Lynch, Reeves Carter, Mercia Weyand, Jane Francis, Peggy Schmid, Peggy Swisher, Ardythe Williams, Meagan Manas, Jessica Staub, Mary Lynn Fiske, Charles Monaco, Frank Kools.

Youth Mentors:Harry Rossman, Eddie Owens, Haley Burke, Emma Fiske-Dobell, Abby Johnson, Xiani McMahon, Anna Gottlieb, Eliza Epstein, Christina Adorno

Music Leaders: Stephanie Jolin, Jami Jackson, Chad Erickson, Jason Boccio

Additional Volunteers: Dottie Turmail, costumes; Ed Owens, photography; Steven Pisano, videography; Marc James, bowling organizer.


Adult Ed/Spiritual Life will feature a series for four Sundays in June called "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way,"  led by Meagan Manas, Paul Mowry, Nancy Talbot, Sarah Wiles, all who have graduated seminary, have served on PNC's at other churches and are seeking ordination through the Presbyterian church.


Midweek Boost will be exploring the challenges and rewards inherent in periods of transition by reading scriptures from the book of Joshua: To be held in the Elliot room. May 6, 13, 20 and 27. For information, contact Aris Peguero ( or Edna Asknes (


Living with Loss and Change Support Group. Four consecutive Tuesdays, May 5-May 26, 6:30-8 p.m., in the Thurman Room. A reflective, relaxing and healing environment to witness and guide you through any loss or change that calls for clarity and resolution. Optional donation accepted. Call Rev. Charles Monaco at (718) 647-5479 to register.


Women's Retreat: Led by Dr. Westina Matthews and Bonnie St. John on Friday evening and Saturday, May 29-30 (weekend after Memorial Day weekend) in the Elliott Room. See brochure for details. To request a brochure, contact the church office at 718-624-3770.  Bonnie St. John, popular author of How Strong Women Pray and Live Your Joy will sign books after Friday's event.


Church BBQ – SAVE THE DATE: On Sunday May 31, Free admission if you bring a dish.  For information contact Diana Lee at to sign up for food to bring and volunteering. Donations are greatly appreciated.


Global Arts Festival: Mark Sunday, June 14 on your calendars to attend the 3rd Annual First Church Global Arts Festival. The event will feature entertainers and crafts from around the world. Like last year, the festival begins just as church ends. This would be a great day to invite a friend to church.


Presbyterian Welcome Events
Show your support as a Member Congregation by attending our upcoming events!
May 31, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.: Presbyterian Welcome Pentecost Service of Celebration and Grief "What does this mean?" Based on Acts 2:1-13

We celebrate: The groundswell of support for a church as inclusive as God's grace.

We grieve: Amendment B, the heterosexist clause, will not yet leave our Constitution.


Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Chapel, 7 W 55th Street

By SUBWAY N or R  to Fifth Ave, E to 53rd St./5th Ave, F to 57th St.

And don't forget to wear RED in celebration of Pentecost! 


On the calendar:


For more details about calendar events, click on this link. Click again on the event on the calendar to read a description.


Monday, May 18

Session Meeting, 7 p.m. Sanctuary


Tuesday, May 19:

New Parents' Group, 3:30 p.m., Elliott Room, Nursery

Tuesday Tea, 4 p.m., Rose Room

Living with Loss & Change Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Thurman Room


Wednesday, May 20:

Men's Breakfast at 7.30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Mid-Week Boost, 7 p.m. Elliott Room. Contact Dr. Aris Peguero


Thursday, May 21:

Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at

New Parent's Group, 3:30 p.m., Elliott Room, Nursery

Thursday Night Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 7 p.m. New members welcome!



Yoga Saturdays at 1 p.m. in the GYM. Drop-ins to individual classes are welcome. Open to the community. Suggested donation of $12 per class. Please bring your mat if you have one. Please note there will be no class on May 23. For details, contact yoga instructor Maria Cutrona at


Who/where to connect:

 Online Donations: Contribute to the church through a secure online account. To find it on the church website,, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to

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